Winter Trip To See The Snow in Texas | Amarillo, Texas

This trip was such a complete surprise for us, we knew we were going to go on a trip but honestly we couldn't decide where to go. We knew Mila wanted to see snow but weren't sure where to take her. Jeff and his brother brainstormed and came up with Amarillo Texas, to go to Palo Duro Canyon. I knew Palo Duro has always been on  Jeff's list of road trips, so it was a no brainer for me. 

We constantly checked the weather but all we were seeing was lots of rain, not really any snow. We reached out to GMC and they graciously loaned us the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali to take the 9-hour trek up to Amarillo, we booked the hotel and we were off. This would be Isabella second road trip in her 3 months of life, and the longest road trip Mila has ever taken. I honestly thought we were a little crazy to road trip with the both of them but I said YOLO & off we went. As we got closer and closer we saw the temperature dip from the almost 80-degree weather in Houston to 19 degrees in Amarillo. We didn't actually see snow until we got to our Hotel after the 9-hour drive and were unpacking our things.

Mila was asleep but I couldn't let her go to sleep without seeing the snowfall! It was hard to get her to go to sleep after that because all she wanted to do was make a snowman. When we did wake up it was like we were in a whole other world. There was more snow than I had ever seen in my life. Everything was white and Mila was in heaven.

I was so nervous for Jeff to drive in the snow because it's obviously something we're not used to. Jeff told me not to worry since the Sierra was 4WD and had added traction control. I felt safe knowing that we had all the added safety features that we needed to navigate this new climate.

All of that said I wasn't expecting to actually hike, it was snowing for crying out loud! I was grateful that I had brought my baby carrier but honestly didn't know how long the hike was going to be. Thankfully my mother in law thought we were crazy and said no you can leave the baby with me, she also didn't think we should have taken Mila. I probably should have listened to her because a mile into the 2.7-mile hike to the lighthouse rock she got tired and we all had to take turns carrying her. LOL. Jeff, his dad & his brother decided they were going to hike up to the top of the rock, so guess who had to carry Mila the 2.7 miles back?? ME 😭 Jeff said I could wait for them to come back down but once you stopped moving it started to get cold so I convinced myself I could do it. I mean I did a 12-mile ruck in the military I could carry this 30 lb toddler back to the car right? RIGHT! I plopped her on my shoulders after 5 minutes of trying to convince her to walk but I understood it was a lot to ask of a 3-year-old. I freak'n did it and only stopped 2 times. I was so proud of myself and honestly drained at the end. In the end, I was happy we took Mila because we have such amazing memories, and it gave us a lot of time alone together that we needed!

 We also stopped at Cadillac Ranch, Fredricksburg Texas & one last stop in Austin before finally heading home! All in all, this trip goes on the list of trips we're never going to forget. Palo Duro was so beautiful and gigantic we feel like we need to revisit it, this time a little more prepared, and enjoy it in a little bit warmer weather.